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August 12th Meeting

Our August 12th meeting features Tom Phillips and Michael Poppa who are both passionate about suicide prevention outreach, mental health awareness and LGBT equal rights.  

Michael Poppa is a member of the governing body for the City of Roeland Park, and has served as council president since February 2018. He was elected in 2015 following a hard-won campaign in which the fight for civil rights took center stage. At that time, he became the third openly LGBT elected official in Kansas and the first in northeast Johnson County. Previously Michael served as the local chapter chair for Equality Kansas, where he helped to introduce and pass an LGBT inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. In addition to equal rights advocacy, Michael is passionate about mental health awareness and suicide prevention outreach. He currently serves on the board of directors of Suicide Awareness Survivor Support (SASS-MoKan) with his husband, Tom Phillips, who lost his brother to suicide in 2011.

Tom Phillips is a local professional and vice president of the board of directors for Suicide Awareness Survivor Support (SASS-MoKan). Tom began his journey of grief support and mental health advocacy after losing his older brother to suicide on January 9, 2011. Struggling to cope in the tragic aftermath he contacted SASS-MoKan Founders, Bonnie and Mickey Swade, and began attending the grief support group at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center Campus. Through the group, he was able to identify his “new normal” and began volunteering with SASS-MoKan and other local service organizations. Realizing that no one gets through suicide grief alone, he felt compelled to obtain his certification as a bereavement support group facilitator through the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and subsequently began a new peer-led suicide survivor support group serving the Kansas City midtown/downtown areas called Through This Together.


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July 8th Meeting

Our July Meeting features Officer Kim Shaw-Ellis, KCMO Police Department

In Law Enforcement for 30+ years. Began career in the USAF as Military Police, served active duty for a four year tour. Deputy Sheriff for the Denver Sheriff Department for 6 years. Joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in 1998. While on the KCPD have worked in the East Patrol Division, Central Patrol Division, Violent Crimes Division (Detective in Domestic Violence and in Homicide), North Patrol Division, currently an Instructor for the Kansas City, Missouri Regional Police Academy as well as the Diversity Officer for KCPD and the LGBTQ Liaison Officer.

Officer Shaw-Ellis recently spoke at the Missouri’s Regional Suicide Prevention Conference. Please join us!

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June 10th PFLAG KC Meeting features Inoru Wade

“Inoru M. Wade is a 27-year-old graduate of the University of Kansas with his Bachelors in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese and Japanese) and International Studies (Diffusion of Christian Theology in non-western nations). Currently he is a graduate research student from the University of Kansas’ School of Public Affairs and Administration. The focus of his study is LGBTQ+ issues and policy implementations to resolves the issues the community faces at the nonprofit, municipal, state, and federal level of government. He has traveled from San Diego to New York City and everywhere in-between collecting data and stories of the LGBTQ+ experience. He has delivered reports to the United States Senate regarding LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, has provided instrumental research regarding HB 2141 in the State of Missouri to protect children from conversion therapy, and his research regarding LGBTQ+ inclusivity policy is being published in Administration: Theories in Praxis, a journal used by many public organizations to increase their effectiveness. Inoru works with the Human Rights Campaign- Kansas City, PROMO Pac, and the LGBT Chamber of commerce to better the lives of his LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and non-binary siblings.”

Inoru was a speaker at Equality Teen Prom! I know everyone will benefit from hearing this! Please join us!

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PFLAG KC Meeting May 13th, Mother’s Day PotLuck!

PFLAG KC Meeting May 13th,  at 3:00-5:00
Mother’s Day PotLuck!
Bring your favorite dish to share and come for fun!  There will be no scheduled meeting.

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PFLAG-KC & GLSEN Scholarship! Deadline April 30, 2018

PFLAG GLSEN Scholarship Flier-2

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